The amount of tooth decay cases has dropped as preventive dental care and patient awareness have increased in dentistry. However, your teeth can still be affected by cavities and abscesses; traumatic damage may also lead to the breaking of the tooth. James Gallagher, DDS offers restorative dentistry to help patients overcome these conditions.
A restoration is a prosthetic device used to renew the functionality of the smile. This repair can be done by either rebuilding the structure of an existing, damaged tooth or replacing one that was lost. Additionally, restorations can be used as a cosmetic dental treatment because they enhance the appearance of the smile.
The most common restoration we offer are crowns, which Dr. Gallagher adds to teeth that have cracks or cavities. After our dentist removes all decayed material from the tooth, the crown replaces the lost structure, binds the tooth together, and seals it off from the oral bacteria that cause decay. This treatment makes the tooth durable to last in the smile and to be used in chewing; if the crown is made of porcelain, it also makes sure the tooth stays beautiful after placement.
Restorative dentistry improves your health by giving you a full set of teeth. Whether providing replacements or making them resilient enough to use, you can fully chew your food and gain the benefits of proper digestion. Additionally, all crowns and bridges used post-extraction prevent the continued development of tooth decay.
Further, if the restorations you receive are supported by dental implants, you can resolve a previously untreatable side effect of tooth loss: jaw resorption. When teeth—specifically, their roots—are lost, the body reabsorbs the bone tissue at the site of loss and causes the jaw to shrink. This condition causes health and cosmetic issues that most restorations cannot address. But, implant-supported restorations give the jaw new roots to sustain, slowing resorption back down to a normal rate.
James Gallagher, DDS serves the restorative dentistry needs of Kingwood and all surrounding communities. If you need help staying healthy, you can come to us and rebuild the functionality of your smile. For more information about restorations and how they help you, call us and schedule an appointment today!
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